The Mets led twice late in the game but came out on the wrong end of a 4-3 score in extra innings Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals to drop the rubber game of the series.
The Mets scored a first inning run and tacked on another score in the seventh inning, both runs courtesy of Yoenis Cespedes. With Noah Syndergaard in complete command, it looked like the Mets were going to cruise to the victory.
But shaky fielding, which played a role in Wednesday’s loss, was to play an even bigger one this time around. A play not made by Cespedes led to a run in the seventh inning while an error by Amed Rosario led to the tying run scoring in the eighth.
Still, it looked like the Mets were going to come out on top when they forged a two-out rally in the 10th inning, which culminated in a bases-loaded walk by Jose Lobaton. But the Cardinals staged a two-out rally of their own in the bottom of the frame, consisting of an infield single and a booming RBI double.
The Mets went down in order in the 11th, 12th and 13th innings. Meanwhile, the Cardinals strung together a walk and two singles in the bottom of the 13th to claim the victory.
Syndergaard deserved a better fate. And while the defense was disappointing for the second day in a row, it’s hard not to notice the bullpen showing cracks that it did not earlier in the year. It wasn’t a bad day for the pen, but Robert Gsellman couldn’t hold the lead for Syndergaard in the eighth inning, Jeurys Familia blew the Save in the 10th and Paul Sewald got tagged with the loss in the 13th.
This ended the season series against the Cardinals with the teams each winning three games. For the Mets, it ended with back-to-back tough losses. After getting blown out on Wednesday, they let a game they should have won slide through their hands Thursday. The Mets are among the league leaders in comeback wins. But they’ve also lost a few games late that they easily could have won.